Andrea Gronvall

Andrea Gronvall

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Biography:
Chicago Reader film critic.
Publications:
Chicago Reader , Time Out
Total Reviews:
354

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 354
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
83% !Women Art Revolution (2011) " Contrasting with the ferment of the times, the film is orderly and rather subdued, but it's an excellent introduction to a movement that produced artists as diverse as Yoko Ono, Cindy Sherman, and Miranda July." — Chicago Reader
Posted Nov 3, 2011
77% The Machinist (2004) " Until now Bale's screen persona has been defined by a graceful athleticism; here his physicality is repellent, yet he carries the occasionally creaky plot of Scott Kosar's unsettling screenplay to a resonant finish." — Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 24, 2011
51% Puncture (2011) " It's a thoughtful entry in the growing subgenre of whistle-blower dramas." — Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 13, 2011
23% What's Your Number? (2011) " Even dumber than this premise is the notion that she can resist Evans, whose charms are particularly manifest thanks to a screenplay that requires him to drop trou early and often." — Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 29, 2011
82% Dolphin Tale (2011) " Gamble's rapport with his finned costar is so touching that the movie works anyway." — Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 22, 2011
83% Warrior (2011) " For all the contemporary references, it's essentially a spin on the story of Cain and Abel, which may be the reason it feels timeless." — Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 9, 2011
52% The Devil's Double (2011) " Equally as offensive as the movie's smorgasbord of smut and violence is the lingering whiff of colonial-era orientalism, a Western predilection for regarding Eastern cultures as innately idle, lascivious, irrational, and thus ripe for intervention." — Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 1, 2011
91% Point Blank (2011) " [A] finely calibrated French neonoir." — Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 12, 2011
100% The Interrupters (2011) " Searing in its depiction of at-risk children in poor communities, the film is also the bracing, life-affirming story of residents who are beginning to reclaim their streets, one corner at a time." — Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 12, 2011
93% Nine Nation Animation (2010) " Most of the shorts in this international collection are somber or wistful, but a few stand out for their wit or visual panache." — Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 2, 2011
21% Snow Flower And The Secret Fan (2011) " In this lavish adaptation of Lisa See's novel, the complex chronologies of the parallel narratives are skillfully handled by director Wayne Wang, which makes his reliance on unbridled sentimentality all the more irritating." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 29, 2011
70% Friends With Benefits (2011) " The jokes don't all work and the topical references can be irritably hipper-than-thou, but at least director and cowriter Will Gluck aims high: this is patterned on the Tracy and Hepburn comedies, albeit with a lot more skin. " — Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 22, 2011
96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011) " Cinematographer Eduardo Serra underscores the sense of dread with a rich charcoal palette, and the outstanding CGI and 3D effects make the otherworldly threats more corporeal." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 13, 2011
84% A Better Life (2011) " A major star in Mexico, Bichir is quietly affecting as the father, a humble striver who faces loss at every turn." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 8, 2011
98% Project Nim (2011) " Sexual politics, family dynamics, the debate over heredity versus environment, and the dubious ethics of scientific research on animals are rigorously explored in this ambitious, bittersweet work." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 7, 2011
82% Super 8 (2011) " Writer-director J.J. Abrams overloads this sci-fi adventure with so many homages to his co-producer Steven Spielberg that it plays like the elder director's greatest hits, minus his characteristic scares and sense of wonder." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 9, 2011
54% Hesher (2011) " Writer-director Spencer Susser and cowriter David Michod generate fresh hells at a surreally rapid clip but cop out with an incongruously sentimental ending. " — Chicago Reader
Posted May 12, 2011
92% Incendies (2011) " By the end they've acquired a measure of self-knowledge at a cost dearer than they expected, which reminds us that what we think we know can be just the beginning of an existential journey." — Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 29, 2011
100% Kes (1969) " A classic of British social realism." — Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 18, 2011
49% Super (2011) " This movie is too pedestrian for camp, and too scattershot for an action comedy." — Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 15, 2011
46% Soul Surfer (2011) " AnnaSophia Robb is too subdued as the teenage heroine; one might expect more affect from a young woman fighting to overcome disability and return to competitive surfing." — Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 7, 2011
87% The Last Lions (2011) " Many of the sequences are intense, like those in which the lioness refines its hunting strategies in unfamiliar territory. But they're undercut by Jeremy Irons's sonorous narration." — Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 18, 2011
88% Rango (2011) " What elevates it above a cheeky romp is the skilled CGI work, not only the wealth of tactile detail lavished on the parched townsfolk but also the painterly, sand-swept vistas they call home." — Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 4, 2011
21% Beastly (2011) " A pallid, formulaic teen romance that might have benefited from a little snark." — Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 3, 2011
33% I Am Number Four (2011) " Producers Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg deploy an arsenal of noisy special effects to demonstrate the invaders' high-tech superiority, which makes Olyphant's inability to breach an Internet firewall look pretty silly." — Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 17, 2011
30% Sanctum (2011) " After a sluggish half hour, this well-crafted adventure kicks into high gear and never lets up." — Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 4, 2011
65% Biutiful (2010) " Javier Bardem cuts a tragic figure as a dying Barcelona lowlife who traffics in illegal immigrants and communes with the dead." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 28, 2011
21% The Rite (2011) " Horror fans may be disappointed by this handsome exorcism drama, which aspires to the serious religious feeling of William Friedkin's The Exorcist but delivers little of its shock or gore." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 27, 2011
22% Country Strong (2011) " Shana Feste's screenplay seldom rises above the level of daytime TV; the only actor who triumphs over her trite dialogue is Tim McGraw in a nonsinging role as Paltrow's husband and manager." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 14, 2011
10% Season of the Witch (2011) " Cage alternates between leaden line readings and thunderous outbursts, making his accomplished costars Ulrich Thomsen and Stephen Campbell Moore look even better. But the movie's worst aspect is the CGI, which packs no scares whatsoever." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 7, 2011
89% Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010) " Santa shows his dark side in this wildly idiosyncratic horror flick from Finnish writer-director Jalmari Helander." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 5, 2011
91% Terribly Happy (Frygtelig lykkelig) (2010) " Lurid and stylish, this 2008 Danish feature plays like a cross between The Postman Always Rings Twice and High Noon, with a dash of Gothic thriller." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 5, 2011
100% Last Train Home (2010) " Chinese-Canadian director Lixin Fan considers the social upheavals wrought by China's economic miracle." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 4, 2011
37% Burlesque (2010) " Even the dances feel cozily dated, as choreographers Denise Faye and Joey Pizzi borrow liberally from Bob Fosse." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 4, 2011
28% Takers (2010) " Laughable subplots about Elba's addicted sister (Marianne Jean-Baptiste) and Dillon's crooked partner (Jay Hernandez) only slow the action, which is all this movie has going for it." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 3, 2011
82% Night Catches Us (2010) " Tanya Hamilton directed her own script, and though her ending leaves loose ends dangling, the movie is refreshing for its seriousness and originality." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 3, 2011
21% Gulliver's Travels (2010) " [Black] doesn't have much going for him besides pop-culture references and his own looming girth.." — Chicago Reader
Posted Dec 23, 2010
23% Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010) " True to series form, plot is nearly indiscernible, but this fourth installment in the sci-fi/horror/action franchise created by writer-director Paul W.S. Anderson is the sleekest so far, thanks to 3D and star Milla Jovovich's body-hugging catsuit." — Chicago Reader
Posted Dec 20, 2010
49% The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010) " The beguiling creature design -- from minotaur to dragon, sea serpent to one-footed dwarf -- and 3D effects heighten the illusion of a storybook coming alive." — Chicago Reader
Posted Dec 9, 2010
78% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010) " The seventh and penultimate entry in the franchise jettisons the humor and fizz of the earlier movies for a much bleaker adult tone." — Chicago Reader
Posted Nov 18, 2010
32% For Colored Girls (2010) " Perry benefits from the fire, heft, velocity, and lyricism of the language, but he also updates the material and makes it work onscreen, eliciting powerhouse performances from an ensemble of actresses." — Chicago Reader
Posted Nov 4, 2010
54% The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (2010) " Since the heroine spends half her screen time recovering from brain surgery, Rapace has less to do than in the first two movies, but she's striking in full punk regalia during a tense courtroom sequence." — Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 28, 2010
64% Secretariat (2010) " Diane Lane inhabits roles with the naturalness of someone who's spent nearly a lifetime in front of the camera, and she's the bedrock of this inspirational sports story." — Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 7, 2010
28% Life as We Know It (2010) " Credulity is stretched throughout." — Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 7, 2010
17% You Again (2010) " Betty White, playing yet another dirty old lady, hardly elevates the proceedings, in which otherwise reasonable women settle petty scores by flinging pea soup and chinaware." — Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 23, 2010
87% Buried (2010) " As a cautionary tale about the perils of nation building, this is both creepy and provocative, but director Rodrigo Cort├ęs blows it in the last few minutes with a rushed ending that feels like a cheat after all the escalating tension." — Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 23, 2010
85% Easy A (2010) " Director Will Gluck shows wicked comic timing and uncommon warmth in an overworked genre. " — Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 16, 2010
93% The Tillman Story (2010) " [An] uncompromising documentary." — Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 2, 2010
53% Going the Distance (2010) " There's also some gallows humor about the record and newspaper industries, but overall this is a light, genial comedy about denial and self-defense." — Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 2, 2010
76% The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest (2010) " In tandem with this bang-up adventure runs Mallory's fascinating life story." — Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 27, 2010
55% Mao's Last Dancer (2010) " Ballet star Li Cunxin's best-selling autobiography gets a curiously tepid treatment in this 2009 adaptation by director Bruce Beresford." — Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 27, 2010
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